Sunday, March 9, 2014

Seapride strikes bridge

from Maritime Bulletin and Maritime Executive:

"At approximately 5:15 AM March 7 tanker Seapride struck a pier on the Memorial Bridge that carries US Route 1 between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. Seapride was outbound on the Piscataqua River when it struck a pier of the lift bridge. Preliminary inspections have found no apparent structural damage to the bridge. The fender system designed to protect each bridge pier was damaged. The struck pier was pier 3 on the Maine side of the channel. The incident has not affected lift operations at the Memorial Bridge and the bridge remains open to motor vehicle traffic."
Seapride arriving Halifax February 10.

Seapride arrived in Halifax February 10, anchored in Bedford Basin until February 20, then moved to Imperial Oil. It sailed on February 23. When it arrived here I commented on the condition of its hull paint. Based on the report, I assume that the ship likely struck the bridge pier right where the paint was the worst.

For details on the ship itself see:


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